Infiniti FX

Infiniti FX

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logit

70 posts

167 months

Saturday 10th November 2018
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Thanks for the reply mate. The FX seems like a great value for money when you compare it to what else you can get for the money. It's a bonus that the design didn't change that much, so if you buy a 2010 and stick it on a private plate, it doesn't look much different to a new Qx70! It's also a bonus that it comes with the 3.7 or 5 litre petrols (though they're like hens teeth) - majority of SUVs from this era are diesel!

Quick question to owners about tyres, especially on the 21" rims. A few cars I've enquired about have said they're on Maxxis tyres! This is not a brand I'd ever heard of and a quick google suggests it's a tyre I wouldn't normally want to have on my car, especially with over 300bhp, but I assume it's down to the exorbitant cost of replacing 21" tyres with Pirelli etc. Does anyone have any first hand experience of Maxxis tyres on the FX? Is it a case of change them asap, or are they actually better than people think?


T5GRF

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1,539 posts

225 months

Sunday 11th November 2018
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logit said:
Thanks for the reply mate. The FX seems like a great value for money when you compare it to what else you can get for the money. It's a bonus that the design didn't change that much, so if you buy a 2010 and stick it on a private plate, it doesn't look much different to a new Qx70! It's also a bonus that it comes with the 3.7 or 5 litre petrols (though they're like hens teeth) - majority of SUVs from this era are diesel!

Quick question to owners about tyres, especially on the 21" rims. A few cars I've enquired about have said they're on Maxxis tyres! This is not a brand I'd ever heard of and a quick google suggests it's a tyre I wouldn't normally want to have on my car, especially with over 300bhp, but I assume it's down to the exorbitant cost of replacing 21" tyres with Pirelli etc. Does anyone have any first hand experience of Maxxis tyres on the FX? Is it a case of change them asap, or are they actually better than people think?
I can't comment on Maxxis tyres but it's good to hear that there is now more choice of brands. When I bought my FX50 5 years ago, the only choice were Dunlop and they were both in short supply and v expensive..
The 37 is a good car, but hold out for the 50, the V8 just suits the car so well.
Good luck with your search!

Siy

431 posts

180 months

Monday 12th November 2018
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I am sure I had pirelli's on mine - maybe they were dunlops - sorry cant help with these Maxxi's!

Def worth holding out for the 5l , even though the 3.7 was great!

logit

70 posts

167 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Would love to get the 5 ltr V8, especially after coming from a C63 Amg... Unfortunately there don't seem to be any for sale in the entire UK!

DSLiverpool

12,484 posts

163 months

Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Dunlop’s were fitted from the factory, was a great value car and well built my downsides were the V8 needed a lot more noise it was very mute as standard, the boot is small and the suspension hard. I liked it though and it was value compared to a Cayenne which could make your wallet weep. (Currently got a RR that’s been in the dealer for 50% of my ownership)

logit

70 posts

167 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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So I finally managed to drive one yesterday. It was a 2016 Qx70 diesel and I'm hoping to buy a 2011 ish FX petrol, but it was still a useful comparison as the car doesn't seem to have changed much in that time.

My overriding feeling is that it's a bit of a hidden gem! I love the looks, especially the view over the humps in the bonnet. Love the long bonnet. Love the unnecessarily large twin exhausts - so Japanese! Love the metal steering wheel paddles. Love the great spec. The ride was a bit firm on the 20s and can imagine the 21s will be worse still, but definitely something I can live with.

I drove a 2012 BMW X5 30d just before and it seemed so boxy and functional in comparison. I can see why the FX is such a niche choice - it has near enough the same external length and width as the X5 but there is sooo much more interior and boot space with the X5. I guess that's the price you pay for the long bonnet and coupe profile. Personally, I loved the cocooned cabin of the FX and the boot should be big enough for one kid. The FX just seemed so much more 'car like' to drive - but I can see how the compromise is too much for the general public.

The diesel engine was OK... no different to the BMW 30d... but then I'm not a fan of diesels anyway. With the 3.7 petrol (or even the 5 ltr if a hen ever loses a tooth) I think this car will be a beast! I'm already looking in to exhaust upgrades! biggrin

If I had £25k to spend would I buy one? Probably not. There's better out there for the money imo. But at the £12-15k mark I think it's a belter!

logit

70 posts

167 months

Wednesday 14th November 2018
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One question I did have after the test drive was about the operation of the front parking sensors - can any owners clarify how they work? The rear cam and rear sensors worked as expected when reverse was engaged, but I was wondering if the front sensors are meant to activate and emit an audible beep when for example, you're crawling in traffic and get too close to the car in front, or if you're pulling in to a parking bay front on etc. In these scenarios I would expect the front sensors to activate (as there's not much point having them!) but the car I drove didn't register anything?

Phil Dicky

6,412 posts

224 months

Monday 14th January 2019
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Another potential FX owner here..going go test drive a FX30 although the 50 is What I want smile .

DSLiverpool

12,484 posts

163 months

Monday 14th January 2019
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There is a nice FX 3.0d in Nissan Wirral, latest shape with curved grill. It’s very well priced as well.

texasjohn

3,687 posts

192 months

Wednesday 13th March 2019
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I’ve decided I’d like one of these (5.0S)

Any sellers feel free to drop me a PM

logit

70 posts

167 months

Monday 18th March 2019
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texasjohn said:
I’ve decided I’d like one of these (5.0S)

Any sellers feel free to drop me a PM
Seriously like hens teeth! I've been waiting for a 50S to come up for sale for 5 months and still nothing! Only a couple of tatty high milers.

Swervin_Mervin

3,356 posts

199 months

Tuesday 19th March 2019
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I'm starting to look as well, specifically for the V8. Perhaps a good job I'm starting to look now and am not in any sort of rush!

Corvinus

3 posts

23 months

Tuesday 19th March 2019
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I was wondering where Infiniti FX owners get their cars serviced? I am based in SE London and was seriously hunting for an FX and was pleased to see a a new dealer open in North London although it would take ages to get to them.
However now that Infiniti have announced their withdrawal from the West European market what are owners planning to do about servicing or does anyone know of someone who can service them near London?

Thanks

Paulog13

112 posts

128 months

Saturday 23rd March 2019
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Infiniti are closing their dealerships in 2020, they are then having the Nissan dealerships service and carry out warranty work on Infiniti's....

DSLiverpool

12,484 posts

163 months

Sunday 24th March 2019
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I think scarecety has elevated the 5.0 to a level of desire that as a car it doesn’t deserve.
Try and drive one before spending a year or so chasing after anything that comes up.
I do regret selling my to Saxon 4 years ago as it’s probably worth more now!

Corvinus

3 posts

23 months

Monday 25th March 2019
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Paulog13 said:
Infiniti are closing their dealerships in 2020, they are then having the Nissan dealerships service and carry out warranty work on Infiniti's....
I thought that might be the case but has that been confirmed?

Swervin_Mervin

3,356 posts

199 months

Monday 1st April 2019
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2 currently for sale from what I can see...

Not the right time yet for me though.

Tejaph

4 posts

21 months

Sunday 28th April 2019
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I bought a 2011 FX50S in October 2018 - 27k on the clock. £17,250 for "like new" condition. It was originally an Infiniti demo car. I think most of the V8s were, and I doubt they sold many new at full price.

The dealer (independent) said he buys in the V8s whenever they come on the market and sells them again very quickly, but the last FX3.7 took him a year to shift.

Yes, it is a bargain. Getting 23 - 25 MPH (A roads and motorways) - when I resist using the power (which is phenomenal). Which I think is pretty good for a powerful V8 SUV. (The 3.7 is only a couple of MPG better, and the diesel only around 30 MPG).

It sits around a lot - sometimes a week or two without use - so I had to put in a higher spec battery (Yuasa YBX9096 AGM Start Stop Plus Battery £135 on Amazon (cheapest)) No problems since.

The camera control unit (which controls front, read and surround view) has just failed. £1.1k to replace. Apparently failure is not uncommon.

I test drove the 3 ltr diesel. Very slow on the down shift, and turbo lag (and in my view a turbo is just something else to go wrong). And they seem more expensive than the V8s. I have not tried the 3.7.

My only gripe is the ride - very hard - and which strangely seems better in Sport. Nothing like the air suspension on the Cayenne (or even on the rear of my Landcruiser - but that is a "truck").

It's on Nankang 21 inch. The rear two need replacing. I'd almost be tempted to downsize to 20 inch if possible to improve the ride. And on the ribbed concrete bit of the M25 the resonance is almost unbearable at cruising speeds.

Any views on other tyres? Something that rides a little softer, good grip in the wet, and will last well?

Swervin_Mervin

3,356 posts

199 months

Friday 3rd May 2019
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Another for sale:

ICP 425

Anyone able to clarify what the ICP 425 is? Ad claims it's based on the Vettel, and only 3 in the UK, but I can't see anything from a quick search

T5GRF

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1,539 posts

225 months

Friday 3rd May 2019
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Swervin_Mervin said:
Another for sale:

ICP 425

Anyone able to clarify what the ICP 425 is? Ad claims it's based on the Vettel, and only 3 in the UK, but I can't see anything from a quick search
I have a vague recollection that the ICR (Infiniti Centre Reading) produced a couple of cars that were re-mapped and had I think a quicksilver exhaust fitted,. I’m not sure what ICP stands for but maybe it’s a typo as should read ICR..?